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Project

Punch Bowl Prop

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Materials

  • Ruler
  • Two pumpkins
  • Grease Pencil
  • Keyhole saw
  • Fleshing tool
  • Templates (enlarge as needed)
  • An awl
  • A short length of square brass tubing (bent in on the flat sides to form a 4-pointed star)
  • A wood screw
  • Screwdriver
  • A glass bowl
  • Dry ice

Steps

  1. Step 1

    1. Use ruler to measure the halfway point on each pumpkin, and draw a horizontal line around circumferences with grease pencil. Cut pumpkins in half; discard tops. Lightly scrape insides clean. Tape templates to pumpkins (starting at the backs, since templates won't meet up exactly). Poke holes with awl along outline of the patterns; continue around pumpkins, moving template as you go

  2. Step 2

    2.Use keyhole saw to cut out shapes along dotted lines and tubing to cut tiny holes.

  3. Step 3

    3. Place larger pumpkin on top of inverted smaller one. Use a 2-inch wood screw to fasten pumpkins to each other. Insert glass bowl, and fill with water and dry ice. Note: Wear gloves when handling dry ice; use in well-ventilated areas.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, October 2006

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Reviews (4)

  • Bobcatt 9 Aug, 2009

    Where is the template for the pumpkin cutting? I can't seem to find it.

  • kathas9lives 20 Oct, 2008

    The directions are actually quite clear. It says to use the tubing to cut out the small details in the carving. Use it like a [filtered word] punch. and it does not say 5 pointed... it says 4 pointed, so yes indeed, the cross like details are infact 4 pointed stars.

  • RitaBelle 20 Oct, 2008

    Looks cute. However, on complicated projects, like this one, your directions always STINK. What do you do with the tubing? How do you shape the tubing into a 5 pointed star? Are the holes, shaped like crosses, beneath the top edge design supposed to be the 5 pointed stars?

  • MaddieStander 8 Aug, 2008

    WE DID THIS AT LAST YEARS PARTY AND IT TURNED OUT GREAT!